Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cowboy Boots

It has been a while. Sorry readers -- sometimes life in gets in the way of blogging.

Today I want to talk about Cowboy Boots.

I love cowboy boots.
Some people say they are in fashion; some say they are out of fashion. But for most boots lovers they are always in fashion.

Acredale Saddlery

Nothing is cuter than a girl in a darling little dress with a pair of boots.

The Country Girl


The Highland Fashionista loves them – calls them the American Wellies.

And if you like bling, this woman has bling for you!!
Jacqi Bling

But what happens to the old boots? Some of us keep them forever and continue to wear them; others get creative. The following pictures were found on Pinterest.

How about a purse made from the boot tops?


Or redecorate the tops.

One note about cowboy boots: do not buy used. 

Full leather boots conform to your feet over time, so used boots have formed to someone else's feet and will never be 100% comfortable for you.

But..... new good looking boots cost a lot of money. 

Yes, they cost a fortune but they last for years and years and years.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway

Is another one going to bite the dust?

The historic Greystone Inn  has been a destination for tourists since 1903. Tucked away on the shores of Lake Toxaway in the heart of western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the setting is quaint and relaxed.

In 2016, the Greystone Inn was closed and up for sale. This makes me sad. I have sat on that beautiful porch overlooking the tranquil lake and felt so at peace. Yeah, it was not trendy. And yeah, there are some age issues. But the beauty and ambiance out weighed any minor discomforts.

The Inn was originally the home of Lucy Camp Armstrong Moltz, of Savannah, who came to Toxaway and built a mansion on the lake and was only able to enjoy her lakeside home for one year before the dam broke.  Built in 1915 and carefully restored in 1985, Lucy Moltz’s home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In her lifetime she witnessed the failure of the lake and then the rebuilding many years later.  

Before her death in 1970 she sold the home, called Hillmont, to the Lake Toxaway Company because she “wanted it to be used by many people; that’s the way it should be.”  Today it is known as Greystone Inn and reflects the elegant lifestyle of wealthy Southerners who spent their summers in the mountains.

Lucy Armstrong Moltz lived at Lake Toxaway until her death in 1970 at age 85.

The house should be saved since it is on the National Register of Historic Places. But too much "improvement" will destroy something wonderful.

As of this writing, the Greystone in is under contract for $5,500,00.00. We shall see how it goes.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Ukraine with all the struggles and set backs is still a very proud country.

On May 18, 2016, Ukraine will celebrate Vyshyvanka Day.

It is a nationwide celebration intended to preserve ancestral traditions of creating and wearing embroidered ethnic clothing. And their clothing is beautiful. This holiday is celebrated on the third Thursday of May.

Vyshyvanka  is the colloquial name for the embroidered shirt in Ukrainian national costume. Women wear dresses and men wear shirts. 

Here are some examples:

I just love this picture below of a woman with her cat all decked out for the celebration in May. This picture came from Euromaidan Press.

Love the dress above.

Pinterest Various

Found on, this website explains the history of the event better than I can:

Short history of Day of Vyshyvanka
Nationwide action ‘Day of Ukrainian vyshyvanka’ was launched by a student of history, political science and international relationships faculty in Chernivtsi National University Lesya Voroniuk in 2007.
She noted that students often wear embroidered clothes in University and suggested choosing single day to wear vyshyvanky altogether.
The first Day of Vysyhyvanka took place in 2007 when several dozens of students come to University in Ukrainian ethnic embroidered shirts.
In course of the following years festival reached nationwide level. Ukrainian diaspora and supporters of Ukraine from all over the world joined as well.

Why celebrating Vyshyvanka Day?

The main goal of such event is preservation of Ukrainian values and their popularization among youth and country’s population in general.
The holiday doesn’t include any mandatory measures except for wearing vyshyvanka. Still there can be concerts, parades, competitions, events and fairs on the initiative of students, professors, public and cultural figures.
The holiday itself stimulates every conscious citizen of Ukraine to a very simple act – just wear vyshyvanka before going to work or study.
However, this act has a deep psychological context as it comes to expression of national and civic position, cultural education and spiritual consciousness.
The experience proves that during Vyshyvanka Day people are always in high spirits with smile on their faces. Symbols of strength, prosperity, beauty and ancient amulets are encoded in this ethnic clothes.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Never Too Old

Today, I bought the most interesting book --- Advanced Style: Older & Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen

It caught my eye at the Swan Coach House room where they sell all the really fun, cute, one of kind fashion items and accessories.

This is the second book published in 2016. The previous book published about 8 years prior. 

One of things that I like about the whole idea, is that regardless of age, you can have your own style and be your own person. 

While some of the outfits in the book are wilder than Frankie's on Grace and Frankie
(Love Frankie, don't you?)


Other outfits reveal a ladylike elegance with a touch of whimsy.
Love the Panda pin.

Most of the focus of the book, documentary, and FB page is on style in New York. But older Southern women have along tradition of wearing what they want, when they want to, and not caring what anyone thinks. As Weezie says in Steel Magnolias:

                       "I am an old Southern woman, and I am supposed to wear funny clothes,
ugly hats and dig in the dirt."


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Minimalism - the Holy Grail to Happiness?

Anyone who knows me, knows I am no minimalist.

I love stuff – pretty stuff. Lots of pretty stuff --furniture, dishes, paintings, books, do-dads, knick-knacks, you name it.

Nancy's Daily Dish


But recently, I have been intrigued by the minimalist movement. Mainly because so many of my friends say their children don’t want grandma’s china or silver or an old dresser set or any family heirloom. They are so disheartened – they gently saved and protected these heirlooms for years to pass along to children who now want no part of them. 


So, I had to investigate.

What is a minimalist?

The website The Minimalists gives their definition:

       "Minimalism has helped us…

      Eliminate our discontent
      Reclaim our time
      Live in the moment
      Pursue our passions
      Discover our missions
      Experience real freedom
      Create more, consume less
      Focus on our health
      Grow as individuals
      Contribute beyond ourselves
      Rid ourselves of excess stuff
      Discover purpose in our lives

       By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness—
       and that’s what we’re all looking for, isn’t it? We all want to be happy. Minimalists search for
       happiness not through things, but through life itself; thus, it’s up to you to determine what is
       necessary and what is superfluous in your life.

Ok. That sounds really noble and good but does it really help you find lasting happiness?
Can I, by getting rid of my stuff, become happier?

The bigger question I have, Why aren’t people already happy? I am happy.

I love my dining room. It is not super-cluttered but does not fit the definition of minimalism either.

It is one of those rooms that when I walk into it, I smile.
Every. Single. Time.

However, Chris Fultz, co-owner of Nova Liquidation, in Luray, Va. says dining room tables and chairs, end tables and armoires (“brown” pieces) have become furniture non-grata. Antiques are antiquated. “Old mahogany stuff from my great aunt’s house is basically worthless,” 

Now, let's see. 

Could it be that we did this ourselves? We gave these these children so much that they had rooms so stuffed with stuff that they are now eschewing possessions? 


My guess is when you grow up in a room like the ones above, you may feel the need to live like this.

Or this:


A quote from GQ Style on minimalism:

      "It has been said that minimalism is not a style that precludes possession, but a style that
       precludes careless possession. Only the essentials, thank you very much."

Then we have this:

Ivan Terestchenko; Fernand Léger's Le profil noir © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

One of the greatest maximalist rooms of all time is a collaboration between two of the most stylish men of all time—Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. That's their legendary Paris apartment above. ~drool~

Rooms like this are the expression of a life well lived—a celebration of objects and design—things that have been collected with a combination of care and wild abandon.

I like rooms with items of interest. With texture, color, and light.

Rather than these rooms. (I really think I would go stark raving mad.)



Some claims to minimalist living:
  • Minimalist Living Is The Key To Meaningful Living - not sure about this one. I can certainly find meaning with or without stuff
  • You’ll Become A Whole Lot Less Stressed - there may some truth in this one. I do get stressed when I have drop-in company and I know things are a bit untidy.
  • Focus on Health and Hobbies - hummmm, I think my hobby is decorating and a good 4 hrs of house cleaning certainly helps you break a sweat.
  • Promotes Individuality and Self-reliance - disagree with his one. How can you have an unique home when everything is grey, white and from Ikea?
So, is minimalism the Holy Grail to happiness? Maybe for some.